First half of a lecture by Robert Creeley on the imagination of procedure with advice on Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Robert Frost, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included in this lecture are readings from Pound, Whitman, and Creeley's own works. Allen Ginsberg adds to the lecture by posing a specific question to Creeley about Whitman and Charles Olson. (Continues on 86p022.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art in literature, music in literature, San Francisco Renaissance, modernism
I have listened to this lecture on repeat now for the last three weeks, each time it still sounds fresh. It does more than just add context to his work it paints a vivid picture of the life of a poet in the last half of the 20th century.
Creeley, who is a well-weathered teacher having worked as one for much of his life, never runs dry when lecturing on poetry punctuated by a funny and interesting aural-biography.